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Developer, residents to discuss concerns over proposed north Raleigh strip mall

Posted January 20, 2014

— After nearby residents gathered thousands of signatures to block the rezoning of a site along Falls of Neuse Road in north Raleigh for a strip mall, the developer said Monday that representatives plan to meet with residents to discuss their concerns.

Charlotte-based developer Morgan Property Group recently submitted a proposal to the city to rezone the 12-acre site at the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Dunn roads to allow construction of a 50,000-square-foot supermarket, several smaller stores and a bank.

About 2,000 residents of the nearby Bedford, Falls River, River Oaks, Wood Spring, Whittington and Oakcroft subdivisions have in recent weeks signed a petition against the move, saying it's too much retail in a residential area.

Morgan Property President Trey Morgan said the company would conduct a "listening tour" over the next 90 days, going door to door to meet residents in person and hammer out a proposal acceptable to all.

“Morgan Property Group is coming to Bedford and surrounding areas to listen to the communities’ concerns about development for the Falls of Neuse/Dunn Roads area,” Morgan said in a statement. “We want the residents to know we are coming to your door to get your input. We want to listen to your ideas.”

The current zoning on the property would allow for a 24-hour convenience store, a fast food restaurant or a bar, but he said his company has no interest in building any of those on the site.

“It’s no secret that Publix Grocery Store has an interest in this site. A grocery-anchored retail center would be designed for convenience of the immediate community," Jeff Surrency, vice president of development for Morgan Property, said in a statement. "We want to work with local residents, planning staff and city and county leaders on the proposed plan."

Morgan Property also has set up a website to answer questions and address concerns raised in recent months. The site notes that the developer plans to include more open space and buffering than required under the current zoning and plans to include sidewalks so nearby residents could walk to the stores.

The rezoning request will likely be heard by Raleigh officials in March.

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  • -f Jan 22, 4:37 p.m.

    I am excited to shop at this Publix once it opens. Hopefully it has a Starbucks in it!

  • -f Jan 22, 4:33 p.m.

    What makes anyone think they can tell a landowner whether or not they can build a supermarket on a lot? If the residents of Bedford want to keep that area free of commercial development, why don't they band together and offer to buy it from the developer? Put your money where your mouth is or be quiet.

  • Womble_Fred Jan 21, 3:05 p.m.

    The developer is quoted in the story as saying they look forward to working with and listening to neighbors. That's their news announcement. The same day they put out a press release for a "listening tour", they distributed fliers that include factually incorrect statements as regard the current zoning. We all remember the schoolyard bully who when he doesn't get his way, takes his ball and goes home. This is very different. This bully is threatening residents IMO, and that is not what they proclaim in this story. Those of us opposed to the proposal are NOT opposed to development of the site. It is zoned appropriately and we are not fighting development. We are fighting overdevelopment that destroys natural resources and residential neighborhoods.

  • golorealist Jan 21, 2:36 p.m.

    the biggest concern should be the congestion this will add to the currently excessive congestion on that part of falls of neuse. they recent widened that section of falls of neuse from 2 lanes to 4 lanes, and it's still congested.

  • glarg Jan 21, 1:13 p.m.

    There is already a Food Lion and Harris Teeter in the immediate area so isnt necessary. The only novelty would be that it is a Publix, which isnt in the area, but with residents saying they dont want it, whats the point.

  • Stop Making Sense Jan 21, 12:28 p.m.

    The citizens should always decide issues like this. It amazes me that there are so many people on these message boards that want to take away the residents' freedom to decide what kind of neighborhood they will have for themselves and their children.

  • OpinionatedMama Jan 21, 12:26 p.m.

    Ridiculous for the North Raleigh snooty residents to try and block it!

  • baldchip Jan 21, 11:37 a.m.

    Way too close to Neuse River watershed. Come on-I am not an environmental wacho, but come on-this is foolish!!

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Jan 21, 11:08 a.m.

    Hurry up developer!

    Nothing makes me laugh more than yuppies living in hamster housing sub-development complaining about someone else building.

  • Mods Hate Me Jan 21, 10:12 a.m.

    No one ever wants anything built once their house is built.

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